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Two Degrees West: An English Journey Paperback – 29 Jun 2000
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What is England and who are the English? There is a line from one end of England to the other. This is the line of longitude - 2 degrees west - and it describes a cross-section through the country. The author follows this line as closely as physically possible on foot - terrain ranging from open moorland to urban back-streets. The line begins at Berwick-on-Tweed on the border with Scotland and runs south through the wilds of Northumberland and includes the Yorkshire Dales, Pennines, Birmingham suburbs, Cotswolds, Salisbury Plain, Dorset and Isle of Purbeck.
About the Author
Nicholas Crane lives in NW London. He is the author of several travel books including CLEAR WATERS RISING for which he won the Daily Telegraph/Thomas Cook 1997 Travel Book Award.
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Nick Crane is a good writer with a distinctive, literary style which I like, though it seems not to be to everyone's taste. Both books highly recommended.
Crane describes the country and the people he meets, and provides a fascinating account of the heart of England little seen by even the English. It is generally a pretty bleak picture, of rural communities being destroyed by the need to work in towns and by big supermarket chains replacing the small community shops.
Crane is an extremely enterprising chap and travelling with him is quite an adventure. I enjoyed this book very much and can't wait for his next mad-cap project.
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